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Interview with Paul Thompson After His Resignation as a Councillor In an illuminating interview, Paul Thompson gives the reasons for his resignation together with an insight into how the present council works and his own frustrations as a councillor. RNLI Banned from Collecting Donations at Waterfront Festival It’s been revealed that the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was banned from collecting donations during the recent Waterfront Festival held on Hartlepool Marina. The RNLI was informed of the ban in an email sent to it by Hartlepool Borough Council which was later confirmed by telephone. read more Tanfield Road ‘Inspirations’ Nursery Under Threat Just four years after spending over £150,000 on its Stranton Nursery in Tanfield Road and re- launching it as the Inspirations Garden Centre, it’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council is now considering flattening it and selling the land to a developer for housing. Read More Seaton Councillor Resigns Popular Seaton Councillor, Paul Thompson has resigned his Seaton seat on Hartlepool Council in order to focus on the imminent expansion plans for his Families First charity. It is understood that the organisation, which supports children and young people with additional needs and disabilities, will soon be offering similar facilities in East Durham. A by-election will be held in the Seaton ward on Thursday, 19th October. Leader’s £8,000 Pay Rise Goes On Brand New BMW Sports Car - (Complete with Personalised Number Plates) While hundreds of vulnerable town residents are wondering if they can afford to pay the new £25 a month charge for their Homecall emergency service funding, the Leader of the Council, Christopher Akers-Belcher has used the recent £8,000 council pay rise he voted himself to buy a brand new BMW Z4 Sports Car for an estimated £40,000. Hartlepool Council has announced that it is withdrawing funding for the Homecall Service, which is administered by housing group Thirteen, because it can’t afford it. Council Withdraws Funding  the new Vulnerable Adult Service Hartlepool Council is to withdraw funding for the Homecall Service from February next year. The service, which is administered by the Thirteen Group, provides alarm monitoring and a response service to vulnerable people living alone who have medical conditions or who may be susceptible to having falls within their own homes. From February next year, the service will cost pensioners and other vulnerable adults up to £25 per month - more than any other Teesside authority. read more How Hartlepool Borough Council Rips Off Those Already Struggling To Pay Their Council Tax Hartlepool residents struggling to pay their council tax should not expect any sympathy from the authority. That’s the lesson to be learned from a comparison of the court charges imposed on residents covering the five local authorities within the Tees Valley Combined Authority. read more Council Takeover of Summerhill Café Was Against Officer Advice It’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council’s decision to terminate the contract of a private operator and take over the running of the Summerhill Café was made against the advice of council officers. As part of the move, the council spent £16,000 refurbishing the café but the venture lost nearly £6,000 within its first year under council control. West View Trading Estate Set To Be Given Over To Housing The Oaksway Trading Estate in West View, now owned by the Government’s Homes & Communities Agency, is to be given over to new housing. A consultation event is due to take place between 2pm and 7pm on August 17th at the Rovers Quoit Club in Easington Road prior to a planning application being made to HBC. For the Few, Not the Many The Labour/Tory coalition controlling Hartlepool Council have voted themselves a 31% pay increase. The move comes as public sector workers remain tied to an annual 1% and many in the private sector are being forced to accept even less. The increase, which was recommended by an Independent Remuneration Panel, was voted through by 17 Labour councillors with the help of all 3 Conservative councillors. Read More Council Writes Off £358,483 of Morton’s Unpaid Business Rates Hartlepool Borough Council has written off more than £358,000 in Business Rates, the equivalent of a 1% council tax increase, owed to them by ‘businessman’ Brian Morton. The unpaid debts are spread across four of Morton’s companies: Tees Leisure Ltd; Johnnor Developments Ltd; Seaton Leisure Ltd and Clockwise Leisure Ltd which between them cover the ownership of the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Seaton Sports Domes. Morton has dissolved or liquidated companies covering the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Sports Domes only to relaunch them under a new company name immediately afterwards, each time leaving a trail of unpaid creditors and staff. Groundhog Day Linked to the above story it’s perhaps timely to remind everyone where we’ve already been. The picture to the left is taken from the pages of the Hartlepool Mail from the late 1990s as the then Labour Leader of Hartlepool Council, the late Bryan Hanson ceremoniously opened a revamped Church Street. The project was part of the £37m City Challenge scheme and was intended to give Church Street a Mediterranean style which would attract new visitors to the town. It involved the refurbishment of several buildings and their frontage which had fallen into disrepair, the laying of block paving, the planting of several trees and the construction of a glass canopy on one side of the street. The present Labour Council expect work to begin soon on its own £7.35m scheme to once again ‘regenerate’ Church Street, This time the claim is it will ‘redefine the Church Street area with additional daytime uses, an improved environment and a vibrant creative industries economy.’
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What A Load of Rubbish They were hailed as the answer to Seaton Carew’s  litter problem but the 15, £6,000 a-piece Smart Bins  have quickly become something of a joke after several were spotted over-flowing with rubbish.   The bins, which cost an astonishing £90,000 in total, enough to buy more than 250  conventional litter bins, were the subject of a highly controlled video interview with Tony Hanson, Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods and Environmental Services in which he describes how the bins would hold 5 times the litter of a conventional litter bin and would even send a text message and e-mail to Hartlepool Council when they needed to be emptied.   However, the picture suggests that no one is responding to those messages and council workers responsible for emptying the bins have simply continued with their existing routine. read more >
One of the £6,000 Smart Bins - it sends a text message and an email to the council when it is full and needs emptying . . . but it seems the messages are being ignored.
Tony Hanson Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods and Environmental Services
What A Load of Rubbish!
Paul Thompson Resignation Interview Reveals His Reasons
Inspirations Nursery Under Threat of Closure
RNLI Banned from Collecting Donations at Waterfront Festival
Council to Withdraw Funding From Vulnerable Adult Service
Labour Vote Themselves a Massive 31% Pay Rise
Interview with Paul Thompson After His Resignation as a Councillor In an illuminating interview, Paul Thompson gives the reasons for his resignation together with an insight into how the present council works and his own frustrations as a councillor. RNLI Banned from Collecting Donations at Waterfront Festival It’s been revealed that the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was banned from collecting donations during the recent Waterfront Festival  held on Hartlepool Marina. The RNLI was informed of the ban in an email sent to it by Hartlepool Borough Council which was later confirmed by telephone. read more Tanfield Road ‘Inspirations’ Nursery Under Threat Just four years after spending over £150,000 on its Stranton Nursery in Tanfield Road and re-launching it as the Inspirations Garden Centre, it’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council is now considering flattening it and selling the land to a developer for housing. Read More Seaton Councillor Resigns Popular Seaton Councillor, Paul Thompson has resigned his Seaton seat on Hartlepool Council in order to focus on the imminent expansion plans for his Families First charity. It is understood that the organisation, which supports children and young people with additional needs and disabilities, will soon be offering similar facilities in East Durham. A by-election will be held in the Seaton ward on Thursday, 19th October. Leader’s £8,000 Pay Rise Goes On Brand New BMW Sports Car - (Complete with Personalised Number Plates) While hundreds of vulnerable town residents are wondering if they can afford to pay the new £25 a month charge for their Homecall emergency service funding, the Leader of the Council, Christopher Akers-Belcher has used the recent £8,000 council pay rise he voted himself to buy a brand new BMW Z4 Sports Car for an estimated £40,000. Hartlepool Council has announced that it is withdrawing funding for the Homecall Service, which is administered by housing group Thirteen, because it can’t afford it. Council Withdraws Funding  the new Vulnerable Adult Service Hartlepool Council is to withdraw funding for the Homecall Service from February next year. The service, which is administered by the Thirteen Group, provides alarm monitoring and a response service to vulnerable people living alone who have medical conditions or who may be susceptible to having falls within their own homes. From February next year, the service will cost pensioners and other vulnerable adults up to £25 per month - more than any other Teesside authority. read more How Hartlepool Borough Council Rips Off Those Already Struggling To Pay Their Council Tax Hartlepool residents struggling to pay their council tax should not expect any sympathy from the authority. That’s the lesson to be learned from a comparison of the court charges imposed on residents covering the five local authorities within the Tees Valley Combined Authority. read more Council Takeover of Summerhill Café Was Against Officer Advice It’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council’s decision to terminate the contract of a private operator and take over the running of the Summerhill Café was made against the advice of council officers. As part of the move, the council spent £16,000 refurbishing the café but the venture lost nearly £6,000 within its first year under council control. West View Trading Estate Set To Be Given Over To Housing The Oaksway Trading Estate in West View, now owned by the Government’s Homes & Communities Agency, is to be given over to new housing. A consultation event is due to take place between 2pm and 7pm on August 17th at the Rovers Quoit Club in Easington Road prior to a planning application being made to HBC. For the Few, Not the Many The Labour/Tory coalition controlling Hartlepool Council have voted themselves a 31% pay increase. The move comes as public sector workers remain tied to an annual 1% and many in the private sector are being forced to accept even less. The increase, which was recommended by an Independent Remuneration Panel, was voted through by 17 Labour councillors with the help of all 3 Conservative councillors. Read More Council Writes Off £358,483 of Morton’s Unpaid Business Rates Hartlepool Borough Council has written off more than £358,000 in Business Rates, the equivalent of a 1% council tax increase, owed to them by ‘businessman’ Brian Morton. The unpaid debts are spread across four of Morton’s companies: Tees Leisure Ltd; Johnnor Developments Ltd; Seaton Leisure Ltd and Clockwise Leisure Ltd which between them cover the ownership of the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Seaton Sports Domes. Morton has dissolved or liquidated companies covering the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Sports Domes only to relaunch them under a new company name immediately afterwards, each time leaving a trail of unpaid creditors and staff. Groundhog Day Linked to the above story it’s perhaps timely to remind everyone where we’ve already been. The picture to the left is taken from the pages of the Hartlepool Mail from the late 1990s as the then Labour Leader of Hartlepool Council, the late Bryan Hanson ceremoniously opened a revamped Church Street. The project was part of the £37m City Challenge  scheme and was intended to give Church Street a Mediterranean style which would attract new visitors to the town. It involved the refurbishment of several buildings and their frontage which had fallen into disrepair, the laying of block paving, the planting of several trees and the construction of a glass canopy on one side of the street. The present Labour Council expect work to begin soon on its own £7.35m scheme to once again ‘regenerate’ Church Street, This time the claim is it will ‘redefine the Church Street area with additional daytime uses, an improved environment and a vibrant creative industries economy.’
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What A Load of Rubbish They were hailed as the answer to Seaton Carew’s litter problem but the 15, £6,000 a-piece Smart Bins have quickly become something of a joke after several were spotted over-flowing with rubbish.   The bins, which cost an astonishing £90,000 in total, enough to buy more than 250  conventional litter bins, were the subject of a highly controlled video interview with Tony Hanson, Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods and Environmental Services in which he describes how the bins would hold 5 times the litter of a conventional litter bin and would even send a text message and e-mail to Hartlepool Council when they needed to be emptied.   However, the picture suggests that no one is responding to those messages and council workers responsible for emptying the bins have simply continued with their existing routine. read more >
Tony Hanson Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods and Environmental Services
One of the £6,000 Smart Bins - it sends a text message and an email to the council when it is full and needs emptying . . . but it seems the messages are being ignored.
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